Airstrikes Destroy Rocket Launchers Aimed at Kerem Shalom

By Yoni Weiss

Israeli soldiers drive a tank in a staging area near the Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli airstrike overnight Motzoei Shabbos destroyed two rocket launchers in Rafah that were aimed at the Kerem Shalom border crossing, the IDF reported on Sunday.

Over the past week, 2,000 trucks delivering aid entered Gaza, including through the Kerem Shalom crossing, situated at the intersection of the Israeli, Gazan, and Egyptian borders. The importance of Kerem Shalom has increased since Cairo closed its side of the Rafah border crossing after Israeli forces took control of the Palestinian side on May 7. As a result, undelivered food has been piling up and rotting on the Egyptian side.

During targeted operations in Rafah, Hamas terror squads attempting to attack Israeli troops were eliminated. Subsequently, ground forces discovered tunnel shafts and large quantities of weapons, including AK-47s, RPGs, grenades, and explosives.

In the Jabaliya area of northern Gaza, soldiers acting on intelligence seized weapons and rocket parts from a Hamas storage facility hidden inside a school.

“This is further evidence of the Hamas terrorist organization’s systematic exploitation of civilian infrastructure for its military activities,” the IDF stated.

In the past day, Air Force strikes destroyed more than 50 terror targets across Gaza, including terror squads, missile launchers, weapons storage facilities, and other terror infrastructure.

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